Remembering the Napoleonic wars in Hartlepool

Standard bearers (left to right) Stuart Ramsay, Tug Wilson and William Abbott.
Standard bearers (left to right) Stuart Ramsay, Tug Wilson and William Abbott.
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A regimental group are to travel out of town to attend a memorial service for soldiers who gave their lives at war.

The Royal Artillery Association from Hartlepool will travel to Bedale to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Services are being held nationally, but the Bedale event is the closest one to the town.

Tug Wilson, who is the secretary of the Royal Artillery Association said: “It’s the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

“The Royal Artillery have 265 different services which are the known services from the Battle of Waterloo.

“We think it is important to attend to remember those who gave their life in this battle.

“There are a number of events being held nationally and the nearest one to us is in Bedale, North Yorkshire.

“We are going to be going along with our standards to take part in the commemmorations.

“We have veterans who have descendents from the Battle of Waterloo and it is important to remember them and honour them just like it is important to remember the soldiers from all wars.”

The event will be held at St Gregory’s Church, in North End, Bedale.

The Battle of Waterloo was fought as part of the Napoleonic Wars.

Waterloo was a village to the south of Brussels in Belgium.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s French soldiers met the armies of Britain and Prussia in Waterloo, with the battle taking place on June 18, 1815.

It began with Napoleon’s 72,000 men facing the British Duke of Wellington’s army of 68,000 men from Britain, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

By late afternoon Wellington had lost many men but they still managed to hold off the French and win the war. Some 25,000 French soldiers were killed or wounded and 9,000 were captured. Of Wellington’s forces 15,000 were killed or wounded, and the Prussians had 8,000 casualties. Four days later Napoleon gave up power.